Our Head Coach / Owner


Josh Botkin - Head Coach - Black Belt

Josh was promoted to Black Belt in 2016 by Eric Hemphill after 10+ years of extensive training and coaching. He is the owner and head coach of Eastside Grappling and programs all of the teaching curriculum for each class. Josh's teaching style is technical, fun and hands-on. In every one of his classes you'll find expert instruction and attention to detail, and probably a little story-telling as well. He approaches jiu jitsu holistically and believes that everyone should develop their own personal grappling style based upon their personal attributes and ability. Josh has had experience in training complete beginners to professional combat sports athletes. His approachable and fun style is what defines Eastside Grappling and makes it one of the most welcoming and unique gyms in the Portland area.

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